By Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA — Several new board members and public service recognitions will begin Tuesday’s commission meeting at the government complex. As the city will look to fill positions on the Board of Zoning Appeals, Income Tax Board of Review, the Downtown District Design Review Board and the Park Board. While city employees Kirt Huemmer and Larry Picklesimer will receive resolutions of appreciation for their years of service.
New business will include authorization to enter into an agreement to permit use of public parks and city property to Adventures on the Great Miami business owner, Chris Jackson.
Jackson owns and operates a non-motorized watercraft rental business in Tipp City and was a special guest at last week’s commission work session.
As work continues on the redevelopment of the Mill District to capitalize on one of the city’s greatest assets, the Great Miami River, the future rehabilitation of the current Moe’s building at 111 S. Main St. will include a canoe/kayak/bike rental on the first floor.
Chris Schmiesing, city planner, set the stage at the work session to explain how the city came into contact with Jackson at the Dayton River Summit. The conversation turning to the need for such a business in the Piqua area as Jackson, Schmiesing and area water-enthusiast Jeff Lange, traversed the river corridor via canoe last fall.
“It’s just incredible,” said Schmiesing of the experience and that bringing the potential to Piqua will allow others a similar experience. However, in order to offer the rental service to the public, Jackson will need access to area parks and city properties.
Also on the agenda, discussion on whether to authorize an application to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for funds to make improvements to Hartzell Field at the Piqua Municipal Airport. Along with a resolution to authorize a contract with CDM-Smith for their services regarding the waste water treatment plant.
Commission will also discuss a resolution to enter into an agreement to permit usage of Lock Nine Park and Linear Park to the Piqua Arts Council and Mainstreet Piqua. This will allow the group to present their three-series concerts over the summer, Rock Piqua! (See Work progresses on concert series story.)
Two public right-of-ways are also on the agenda, with a resolution in support of State Issue 1, the renewal of the state capital improvements program.
Tuesday’s meeting will conclude with utilizing the engineering services of Access Engineering Solutions Inc., for the Ridge Street, Garbry Road and Hemm Road water main improvements. Along with a purchase order to Valley Ford Truck Inc. for the purchase of four trucks for the public works deparment.
Commission meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. every first and third Tuesday of the month, on the second floor of the Government Municipal Complex, in the commission chamber. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
For information on meetings, work sessions, and more visit piquaoh.org.
Bethany J. Royer may be reached at (937) 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall